Sand flower in the Pacific: ecologists against artificial islands destroying ecosystems

Ecologists against artificial islands destroying ecosystems

Nine years ago, a unique construction began in the Persian Gulf. Dubai embarked on an unprecedented project to build three large palm-shaped artificial islands. Later, a dredging began on an island that looks like a string of pearls. And the UAE begun work on the construction of a unique archipelago of 300 islands, located as the external map of the Earth is.

Following these unusual projects, another one appeared. In shallow waters in the southernmost province of China, the largest artificial island on the planet is being created. It covers 8 square kilometers and is located in Yangpu Bay.

Ib May of this year, a ground-based thermal imager of the Landsat 8 satellite made a color image of the new island. At this point, the construction has already come to an end. The island is flower-shaped and surrounded by connected leaf-shaped islands. The new land is filled with parks, residential buildings, museums and a variety of infrastructure.

The authors of the project believe that the new artificial territory will attract millions of tourists from all over the world, and this will affect the economy of the province. However, the environmental impact of the project received a particular attention.

Two years ago, the Chinese authorities decided to suspend the development of the project on the Ocean Flower Island due to the possible risks of damage to the coral reefs, oysters and marine ecosystems.

And in the same year, the country's government announced a temporary suspension of the issuance of permits for a number of commercial projects related to land reclamation. Until the controversial issues are resolved, the unique artificial territories will not be able to receive visitors.

The biologists, ecologists and officials are looking for the ways to interact and ensure the safety of unique areas of natural resources.